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Report says most waterproof bandages don't work well

"Consumer Reports" magazine tested eight bandages labeled waterproof and one labeled water resistant and found only two delivered fairly well when it came to keeping water out.

Waterproof bandages are supposed to protect cuts and scrapes from water and other liquids that carry germs.

Consumer Reports asked 33 panelists to wear each bandage on their fingers for four hours, washing their hands at least twice and flexing fingers hourly. Panelists then dipped their bandaged fingers into room-temperature coffee while flexing them for 15-20 seconds and checked the pads for coffee stains.

Although all of the bandages stayed on much better than those with no waterproof claim, only Nexcare Clear and Band-Aid/Transparent Water Block Plus kept water out more than 60 percent of the time.

For more information get a copy of Consumer Reports in stores today.

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